Oct. 13, 2003
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Santa Clara University men's and women's cross country teams return to action this weekend in the inaugural Santa Clara Invitational scheduled for Saturday morning at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Men's and women's teams from Saint Mary's College, the University of San Diego, the University of San Francisco and San Jose State will join host Santa Clara in the Broncos' first meet back since the Willamette Invitational on Oct. 4. The men's 8,000-meter race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the women's 5,000-meter race following at 9:45 a.m.
The race marks the first competition in two weeks for both Bronco teams since competing in Salem, Ore. at Willamette. The Bronco women, ranked 10th in the West Region, finished fifth overall in the team competition with 176 points, nine more than sixth-place Oregon and 17 ahead of the University of Iowa. Marquette University won the women's team championship with a 50-point effort, two ahead of the University of Nevada. Portland finished third and UC Davis was fourth.
In the men's race, the Broncos finished 13th overall with 311 points with sophomore John Hinman posted Santa Clara's top finish with a 50th place effort. Marquette University was the top college team finisher at second place, while UC Davis took second and Fullerton State was third. The University of Portland narrowly edged Portland State for the fifth overall spot.
Sunnyvale's Baylands Park is easily accessible at the end of Lawrence Expressway off Highway 237 at Caribbean Drive. From Highway 101 take Highway 237 towards Milpitas and from Highway 880 take Highway 237 towards Mountain View. Take the Lawrence Expressway /Caribbean Drive exit, at the first stoplight turn right into the park.